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June 12, 2014

Three-sport, three-time medalist Prather named top boys trackster

STILLWATER, Okla. — There is no question Stillwater High junior Brandon Prather has a lot of athleticism. He was the starting wide receiver on the football team and started on the basketball team. On the track, Prather displayed that same prowess as he qualified for state in three events and earned the News Press Boys Track Athlete of the Year award.

“I finished pretty good,” Prather said. “(Got) three state medals including third-place (finish) in the long jump. I think next season is going to be pretty good.”

Prather was the defending champion in the long jump but struggled as he battled an injury he suffered during basketball season, which he didn’t play last year. At the end of the season he returned to form — winning the Stillwater meet with a leap of 23 feet and five inches.

“I came in with hurt feet,” Prather said. “I’m hardcore.”

Prather finished third at this season’s state meet, which Prather wasn’t as happy with since he won the event last year.

“I want to come out in my senior year and win it again,” Prather said.

The junior three-sport athlete also ran on the Pioneers’ 400-meter and 800-meter relay teams, which finished fourth at the state meet. Prather said they got off to slow start but improved as the season went on.

“We didn’t have Cameron (Mayberry) at first,” Prather said. “Then when he got in there, we did good. We are all juniors and sophomores so we should be really good next year.”

Prather said the key to the relay teams’ success was how hard coach Rusty Atkins pushed them.

“We started doing good during practice,” Prather said. “They pushed us out there. We run as hard as we can.”

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